English 2 EOC Review

characterize
to describe someone’s character by exposing their traits

conflict
a disagreement; struggle

structure
the skeleton, the foundation of a work

point of view
the perspective from which a story is viewed or told. 3rd person omniscient: out of it and functioning like a God. 3rd person limited: out of it and looking in through the point of view of only one character

theme
the overall word or sentence that sums up a story

purpose
an author’s reason for writing something; intent to.

tone
the way that the author portrays something, used as a synonym for attitude

attitude
how a writer or character feels about a given subject, character, someone else, etc.

perspective
viewpoint, or way of seeing something; how you, a character, sees something

irony
the qualities of something thought to go our way, but goes the opposite

diction
speech; selection of a word or vocabulary for a text

argument
disagreement; organized attempt to persuade an audience to accept a certain opinion or belief

oxymoron
a two word contradiction

metaphor
a comparison that doesn’t use the words like or as

symbol
something that represents something else

motif
an idea that appears most in a story

simile
a comparison that uses like or as

emphasize
to make something seem important

imagery
the act of painting a sensual experience inside of you; using every sense

explain
to elaborate on something and to support it

rhyme scheme
that pattern of end rhyme in a poem

stanza
a poetic paragraph

personification
giving human characteristics to inanimate objects/animals

connotation
associations that a word has been given by popular and/or historical use, (usually negative)

objective
writing with out bias; simply defining

subjective
biased writing

dialogue
conversation between characters

inference
prediction, a drawn conclusion supported by details

insight
understanding without supporting details

figurative language
use of a simile, metaphor, personification, symbols

climactic
an event that relates to or is the climax, note worthy because of a significant change

resolution
a solution to the conflict. The last note worthy change

complications
things that prevent something from going smoothly

atmosphere
“Sense” of the setting; it is often used as a synonym for mood

setting
the location of where the story takes place; physical surroundings

mood
the overall way that the story makes you feel; synonym for atmosphere

text
the writing in a piece of literature; piece of writing

rhetoric
a writer with a purpose working a subject for an audience

appeal
an attempt to reach you emotionally, logically, or by virtue.

diction
speech; selection of a word or vocabulary for a text

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